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Joe Pickett Books In Order

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Books

Open Season (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Savage Run (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winterkill (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trophy Hunt (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of Range (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Plain Sight (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Free Fire (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Trail (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Below Zero (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nowhere to Run (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Wind (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Force of Nature (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breaking Point (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone Cold (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endangered (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Off the Grid (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Short Stories

Dull Knife (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Master Falconer (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Collections

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


The Joe Pickett series is a series of murder mystery novels written the well known American author named C.J. Box. It is comprised of a total of 17 books, 16 of which were released between the years 2010 and 2016. The latest novel is expected to be published at the start of the next year. Each and every book in the Joe Pickett series revolves around the chief protagonist named Joe Pickett. He is depicted as a game warden living in Wyoming. Author Box says that Joe does not think of himself as an action hero, but a humble person who always wants to do the correct things in life. But somehow, he often ends up solving numerous murder cases happening around him. In order to do the characterization of Joe Pickett’s character perfectly, author Box rode with a few of the game wardens in Wyoming. He wanted to make sure that he gets a close look at and experience the lives of game wardens before attempting to create the character. After the completion of his research work, author Box began writing the series in the year 2001. He completed and released the first book of the series in the same year. The book not only opened to great reviews from one and all, but it also won several prestigious awards. One of them was also won in the category of the ‘Best First Novel’. Since the year 2001, author Box made sure that he writes and publishes at least one book every year. And so far, he has been successful in his attempts. As of today, author Box is busy with the final works related to the publication of the 17th book of the series. He is also working on the plot of the next novel as the series is still going on.

The debut novel of the Joe Pickett series written by author C.J. Box was published in the year 2001 by the Putnam publication. It was titled as ‘Open Season’. The important characters described in the book include Joe Pickett, Sheridan Pickett, Missy Vankeuran, Vern Dunnegan, Wacey Hedeman, Marybeth Pickett, Lucy Pickett, and April Keeley. Author Box has set the novel in the town of Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, the United States. The book opens with the introduction of Joe Pickett as a new game warden in the town of Twelve Sleep, Wyoming. The town is known to be full of people who like to hunt and the game warden is not popular, especially the one like Joe Pickett who neither takes a bribe nor let things happen wrongly. Soon, he stumbles upon the dead body of a hunting outfitter from the local town. The body was slayed on a woodpile lying behind the state owned home of Joe. After the discovery of the dead body, Joe Pickett begins to handle the matter personally. He thinks that there might be a reason as to why the outfitter, who had indulged with him in run-ins on previous occasions, chose the woodpile in his backyard to die.

A couple of other murders involving outfitters come to the notice of the local press, but all of them get solved very soon. But, Joe does not seem satisfied with the outcomes. Therefore, he continues to investigate the cases on his own. He feels that the explanations given by the police for the outfitter murders were far from being acceptable. As he proceeds with the investigation, Joe comes to know that it was not only the outfitter dead body that was lying outside his back door, but also an endangered species, which was thought to have become extinct. The species lives in the woodpile of Joe. He knows that if the news of the endangered species still existing goes out, it will stop the InterWest company from building a pipeline of oil through the forests and mountains of Twelve Sleep. This would cause the multi-national gas company a loss of billions of dollars. As Joe keeps moving closer to the truth behind the murders, InterWest oil pipeline, and the endangered species, everything that he considers dear to him keep going away. The story described by author Box in the novel went on to become a critical success. This helped it win many prestigious awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards.

One of the other books written by author C.J. Box initially in the series is titled as ‘Winterkill’. This book was published in the year 2003 by the Putnam publishers. Once again the story is set in Wyoming, depicting Joe Pickett at the center stage. The starting scene shows that Joe wakes up during a winter storm in a deep forest near Battle Mountain, with his right hand locked to the steering wheel of his truck and a shotgun in the left one. In front of his truck, Joe sees the corpse of Lamar Gardiner splayed to a tree and riddled with an arrow. The murder of Lamar Gardiner and the sudden onslaught of the winter storm warn Joe Pickett to run as far away from the mountains as possible. But, he knows that the matter is not over as the killer is till out there somewhere in the dense forest, waiting to strike his next target with another arrow, which could possibly be Joe himself. Before he could do so, Joe decides to go on his pursuit on his own and stop him from taking another life. He searches throughout the rugged mountains surrounding the snow-packed Saddlestring town in search of the murderer. However, the matter takes a horrifying turn when Joe Pickett comes to know that his foster daughter has been abducted by the killer.

With this, the case becomes too much personal for Joe. He vows not to stop at anything before finding the killer and setting his beloved daughter free. In the end, the novel turns out to be a masterful performance with utterly unforgettable and darkly compelling descriptions by author C.J. Box. Along with the story of the book, the readers and critics also enjoyed the beautiful description of the sharp cliffs and the snow-clad wilderness of the landscape of Wyoming. Just like the previously published books of the series, this book too became very much successful. It was highly praised by the readers all across the globe. The readers not only enjoyed reading the novel, but they also appreciated the determined efforts of author Box in developing the novel. They expressed their appreciation of the intriguing characters and the compelling story of the novel to author Box by numerous ways. This enabled author Box to gain a lot of momentum and focus on his next novels with more dedication.

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